Speaker Series: Water and the Future of the Great Lakes

Our May 2013 Speaker Series was a resounding success! While we’ve kept the details of the event below for your reference, we thought you might also like to view two videos of the keynote presentations and panel discussion from the event. Visit our Speaker Series Video Page to view the videos.

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Leelanau: Looking Ahead

A Speaker Series Hosted by the Leelanau Conservancy

At the Leelanau Conservancy we are constantly looking ahead, seeking to learn more about the environmental topics that impact our conservation work. Like so many people who love Leelanau County, we are eager to learn about ecological trends—regional and global in nature—that impact our unique peninsula.

As a part of our 25th Anniversary celebration, the Conservancy will bring in national speakers over the next two years to engage members and the public on topics important to Leelanau County. The topics we have chosen are:

  1. Water and the Future of the Great Lakes: water levels and the changing food web;
  2. Farming and Food: major trends in crops and climate and the response of farmers;
  3. Changes in the Landscape: shifts in forest species and climate; and
  4. Community: understanding our relationship to land and building stronger communities.

Our speakers and panelists will bring the perspective of scientists, experts, and professionals to audience members, helping us to understand how Leelanau fits into the bigger national and global picture.

 “In undertaking this speakers series, we hope to lay out a vision for the future that recognizes the unprecedented challenges facing us, while at the same time fostering a sense of optimism about our ability as a community to face these challenges.”       ~ Leelanau Conservancy Executive Director Brian Price

Our first event was held on May 4 and featured the topic, “Water and the Future of the Great Lakes.”  Our speakers addressed what is stressing the Great Lakes and local panelists focused on current Leelanau County trends.

Part One: Water and the Future of the Great Lakes

Saturday, May 4, 2013 3:00-5:30 pm Suttons Bay School Auditorium

As part of our 25th Anniversary celebration we are hosting a speaker series, to explore important topics affecting our region. In this first afternoon event, scientists will cast a new light on changes in the Great Lakes and local experts will discuss the impacts in Leelanau County and what we can do together to preserve our precious natural communities. The event is free, but we’d love for you to register in advance, so we’ll have enough refreshments – and so we’ll know how many of you will be bringing children along, who can participate in educational activities provided by The Inland Seas Education Association while you are attending the Speaker Series event.

Time Event Schedule
3:00 pm What’s Happening With Our Great Lakes?
Dr. Patrick J. Doran, Director of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy in Michigan will address the effects of a changing climate and the conservation of natural capital in the Great Lakes region.
Thomas F. Nalepa, Research Scientist, Graham Institute, University of Michigan; Scientist Emeritus, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, NOAA will address the role of invasive species in changing the Great Lakes food web.
4:00 pm Brief Break
4:15 pm Panel Discussion: Bring Your Questions for Local Experts
J. Carl Ganter, Co-Founder and Director of Circle of Blue
Thomas M. Kelly, Executive Director and Founder of Inland Seas Education Association
Andy Knott, Executive Director of The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay
Brian Price, Executive Director of the Leelanau Conservancy
3:00-5:00 pm Children’s Activities
Inland Seas Education Association will provide educational activities for children ages 5-12 in the Suttons Bay School Cafeteria (or outside, weather dependent).  Please call the Conservancy Office at 256-9665 or click on the box below to register children.
5:00 pm Reception & Informal Discussion
Enjoy light refreshments and talk with our speakers and panelists in the Suttons Bay School Lobby.


Participating Organizations: The Nature Conservancy, Inland Seas Education Association, and The Watershed Center

Our sincere thanks go to our 25th Anniversary Sponsors, Northwestern Bank and Idyll Farms, whose support has made this event possible.

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